Robert Woods

Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #10
Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #10
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Running routes

Woods (knee) ran routes and caught passes at OTAs on Tuesday, Paul Kuharsky of reports.

Analysis: It'll be a while before he's cleared for team drills or contact, but this is a strong sign Woods is on or ahead of schedule in his rehab from the ACL tear he suffered a little over six months ago. His progress still needs to be monitored throughout spring and summer, as the timing of the injury (mid-November) means any little setback could threaten Woods' availability for Week 1. With A.J. Brown off to Philadelphia, the Titans are counting on trade acquisition Woods and first-round pick Treylon Burks to be the top weapons for Ryan Tannehill, whose other pass catchers with NFL starting experience are WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and TEs Austin Hooper and Geoff Swaim. In other words, the Titans really need Woods to continue with his impressive rehab progress.

May 24, 2022 9:07 AM EST

Making steady progress

Woods has been patient in his recovery from a torn ACL but is feeling "really good," Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Woods has been present at the team's voluntary program this offseason, though he has not physically participated. Instead, both Woods and the team have noted that the focus is on his ability to take part in training camp and maintain his health for the entirety of the 2022 season. Woods was acquired by Tennessee in mid-March, and he could be in line to lead the receiver corps after A.J. Brown was traded during the NFL Draft.

May 22, 2022 7:52 AM EST

Won't be ready for OTAs

Woods (knee) said he won't be ready for OTAs with the Titans this spring, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: A report in February suggested Woods was hoping to return for minicamp in May or June. That sounds optimistic, but he does have a real chance to be ready for the start of training camp in late July, at which point he'll be eight and a half months removed from suffering an ACL tear (Nov. 13). The Rams traded Woods to the Titans on Saturday, ending his five-year run in Los Angeles and leaving no doubt Allen Robinson is the team's new No. 2 receiver. Woods will fill that same role in Tennessee, with he and TE Austin Hooper providing Ryan Tannehill with some new weapons alongside superstars Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown.

Mar 23, 2022 11:18 AM EST

Gets moved to Tennessee

The Rams traded Woods (knee) to the Titans in Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After the failed Julio Jones experiment in the 2021 campaign, the Titans are making another splash in the trade market this offseason to get a No. 2 wide receiver to complement A.J. Brown. Woods sustained a torn ACL during practice on Nov. 13, but reports have emerged this offseason that he's aiming to participate at some point during the offseason program. Now, those sessions will be in Nashville versus L.A. following this deal. Prior to suffering the injury last season, he put together a 45-556-4 line on 69 targets in nine games, and the nine-year pro does have two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, so the talent is there to be a viable pass catcher for Ryan Tannehill once Woods is healthy.

Mar 19, 2022 4:38 PM EST

Hopes to return for minicamp

Woods (knee) has been rehabbing from surgery with an eye toward returning for minicamp in May or June, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It sounds like Woods has made good progress since tearing his ACL in mid-November, though the timing of the injury makes a return for minicamp rather ambitious. He's stuck around the team throughout much of the Rams' playoff run and now Super Bowl week, helping young wideout Van Jefferson and mid-season addition Odell Beckham get more comfortable in the Rams offense. On March 20, three weeks before his 30th birthday, Woods will receive a $3.5 million roster bonus, at which point his $10 million base salary also becomes guaranteed, per Spotrac. With his place on the Rams thus secure for at least one more year, Woods will focus on rehab this offseason, before eventually rejoining an offense led by HC Sean McVay, QB Matthew Stafford and fellow wideout Cooper Kupp.

Feb 9, 2022 8:17 AM EST

Officially on IR

The Rams placed Woods (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: This was merely a procedural move after Woods sustained a torn ACL during a Nov. 12 practice. The Rams thus will move forward following their Week 11 bye with Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham, Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek as their primary options at wide receiver. Beckham, whom the team officially signed just one day before Woods' season-ending injury, logged 28 percent of the offensive snaps in his L.A. debut at San Francisco, while the other three earned between 74 and 100 percent. Look for Beckham to begin to eat into the workloads of Jefferson and Skowronek as the campaign rolls on.

Nov 24, 2021 2:59 PM EST

Tears ACL

Woods tore his ACL during Friday's practice and is expected to miss the rest of the season,Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Woods evidently tore his ACL during Friday's practice but he was able to finish it out and even did media interviews before tests revealed the seriousness of the injury. The signing of Odell Beckham, which came just prior to Woods' injury, now looks incredibly fortuitous and likely sets the stage for the newly signed Pro Bowl wideout to make his debut with the team this weekend. 2020 second-round pick Van Jefferson likely will see a greater role as well following the shocking news, especially if Beckham takes a bit to get acclimated to the Rams' offensive system.

Nov 13, 2021 9:49 AM EST

Eclipses century mark

Woods (foot) had seven receptions (10 targets) for 98 yards and one carry for six yards in Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Woods was dealing with a nagging foot injury during practice this week, but he didn't appear hampered by the ailment and turned in a strong fantasy performance. Cooper Kupp is clearly the top wideout for the Rams, but the reliable veteran has been a solid contributor with some notable fantasy outings sprinkled throughout. There is a good chance both starting wideouts will get to eat next Monday against the 49ers, whose secondary has been decimated by injury and overall poor production this season.

Nov 7, 2021 9:07 PM EST

Suiting up Sunday

Woods (foot) is listed as active Sunday against the Titans, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Woods logged just one limited practice this week (Friday), but it was enough for him to gain clearance to play through his foot injury. He's been a decent enough No. 2 behind Cooper Kupp, the NFL's leader in receiving, turning his 59 targets into a 38-458-4 line through eight games. Woods will look to keep it up versus a Tennessee defense that ranks 23rd against the pass (267.4 yards per game).

Nov 7, 2021 4:05 PM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Woods (foot), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Woods didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but returned to practice Friday though he didn't take part in full drills.

Nov 7, 2021 12:21 AM EST

Appears on track to play Sunday

Woods (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Woods got back on the practice field Friday for the first time this week, but because he didn't take part in full drills, the Rams may have felt compelled to give him a designation heading into Sunday. Though the questionable tag implies a player has a 50-50 chance to play, head coach Sean McVay didn't provide any indication that Woods' status was up in the air, telling Cameron DaSilva of USA Today that the wideout is expected to play. Assuming he avoids the inactive list ahead of Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, Woods will likely function as the No. 2 option in the Rams' passing game behind Cooper Kupp, who has emerged as the clear favorite target during Matthew Stafford's first season in Los Angeles.

Nov 5, 2021 3:02 PM EST

No practice Thursday

Woods (foot) didn't practice Thursday, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Woods now has spent Week 9 prep in recovery mode versus getting on-field reps, but he at least has one more chance to mix into practice before the weekend. There's an expectation that both Woods and quarterback Matthew Stafford -- who has missed practice due to a sore back -- will be available Sunday versus the Titans, and Friday's injury report could reveal as much for the pair.

Nov 4, 2021 4:52 PM EST

Sits out with foot injury

Woods won't practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, Bridget Condon of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Woods has taken a back seat to Cooper Rush this season with Matthew Stafford (back) directing the offense. Still, Woods has flashed at times en route to 38 catches (on 59 targets) for 458 yards and four touchdowns. Both Woods and Stafford are tending to injuries and will be held out of the first session of Week 9 prep, but they're expected to be available Sunday versus the Titans, per coach Sean McVay.

Nov 3, 2021 2:24 PM EST

Finds end zone twice

Woods caught three receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown on nine targets against Houston on Sunday, adding three carries for 22 yards and one touchdown.

Analysis: Woods' inefficiency as a receiver (33.3 percent catch rate, 4.1 yards per target) was somewhat disappointing, especially since quarterback Matthew Stafford was very efficient as a passer, but Woods' two touchdowns bailed out the poor yardage efficiency, and his fantasy investors should otherwise find encouragement in his high usage Sunday. Woods will normally be more efficient with his workload, so the fact that he saw nine targets and three carries gives reason to hope for a proper breakout game in the near future -- one where the volume and the efficiency are both there for his fantasy investors. His Week 9 matchup is a good one as the Rams take on Tennessee in a game that should have one of the highest over/under point totals of the week.

Oct 31, 2021 2:14 PM EST

Target count remains modest

Woods caught six receptions for 70 yards on six targets against Detroit on Sunday.

Analysis: Woods was automatic with his targets and played well for his own part, but it still seems safe to say that he's the clear WR2 to Cooper Kupp, who caught 10 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 13 targets Sunday. Not just Kupp, but Tyler Higbee (eight) and Van Jefferson (seven) out-targeted Woods, who tied with running back Darrell Henderson for fourth on the team. Defenses will try new ways to slow Kupp as long as he produces like this, and perhaps a new opportunity will spring Woods' usage if defenses start playing the Rams differently, but for now the Rams have a well-built machine of an offense and little reason to tinker with it. Woods should in any case project well against the Texans in Week 8.

Oct 24, 2021 5:27 PM EST

Salvages day with TD

Woods brought in two of five targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 38-11 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Just a game removed from a spectacular 12-catch, 150-yard tally in primetime, Woods endured a significant downturn Sunday in the lopsided win. Cooper Kupp continued to be the proverbial apple of Matthew Stafford's eye with a 9-132-2 line, but Woods at least was able to notch his third touchdown of the campaign on a 15-yard grab early in the second quarter. Woods' production figures to continue fluctuating from game to game, so he'll have some risk attached in all formats despite a very favorable home matchup versus the Lions in Week 7.

Oct 17, 2021 2:58 PM EST

Shines under primetime lights

Woods brought in 12 of 14 targets for 150 yards in the Rams' 26-17 win over the Seahawks on Thursday night.

Analysis: The veteran wideout had been atypically quiet, by his standards, in the air attack over the first four games of the season, but Thursday became Woods' night to shine early and often. Woods was targeted once apiece on each of the Rams' first two drives and six times overall in the first half before seeing even more work over the final two quarters. While Woods didn't have a chance to cross the goal line, the performance was otherwise a banner one for fantasy purposes. Woods will take on the task of trying to put together a successful encore when the Rams face the Giants in Week 6 road battle a week from Sunday.

Oct 7, 2021 8:50 PM EST

Larger role ahead

Woods will receive more opportunities in the offense moving forward, according to head coach Sean McVay, Kevin Patra of reports.

Analysis: After averaging 132 targets per season over the past three years with the Rams, Woods has received just 25 through the first four games of the 2021 season. While the veteran has turned his looks into a respectable 15 receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns, it's not surprising McVay is talking up Woods, and suggesting the receiver will be more involved in the offensive moving forward. It's also worth noting the Seahawks have allowed the fifth most passing yards per game in the league this season, so Thursday's Week 5 matchup against Seattle projects favorable for Woods and the Los Angeles passing attack.

Oct 7, 2021 7:08 AM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Woods caught four of six targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: The veteran receiver caught his second TD of the season in garbage time to help salvage his numbers on the afternoon. He remains well behind Cooper Kupp in the pecking order for new quarterback Matthew Stafford, and even No. 3 wideout Van Jefferson was more productive Sunday on the same target volume as Woods. Until he shows more chemistry with Stafford, Woods will be relegated to being a deep-league fantasy option heading into a Week 5 clash with the Seahawks.

Oct 3, 2021 6:17 PM EST

Quiet start continues

Woods caught three of six targets for 33 yards and rushed once for five yards during Sunday's 34-24 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: It's been a slow fantasy start for Woods. He's caught just 11 passes for 124 yards and a single score through the first three games, whereas fellow receiver Cooper Kupp has exploded out of the gate with a 25-367-5 line. The disparity between the top two wideouts is all the more concerning because of the offseason change at quarterback, as the Kupp-Matthew Stafford connection has been legit. Additionally, the Rams have two other capable wide receivers in Van Jefferson and DeSean Jackson, and tight end Tyler Higbee also found the end zone against the Buccaneers on Sunday. While it's still a little too early to push the panic button on Woods, he's quickly becoming difficult to rely on in many fantasy settings.

Sep 27, 2021 5:16 PM EST

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